Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Moldova extends COVID-19-related public health emergency until Sept. 30; some restrictions eased, many restrictions remain in place.

Alert Begins 14 Sep 2020 09:50 PM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Business and transport disruptions

Summary
Moldovan authorities have extended the nation's public health emergency until at least Sept. 30 due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) activity in the country. The public health emergency was originally slated to expire on Sept. 15, but will remain in place due to a nationwide increase in COVID-19 infection rates. At the same time authorities are easing certain restrictions including permitting weddings and celebrations (with up to 50 people), as well as allowing people who are in self-isolation to leave the country. Numerous restrictions will remain in effect under the directive, including:

 

  • Groups of more than three persons remain prohibited in public spaces.

 

  • Individuals above the age of 63 must remain in their homes, except for emergencies.

 

  • Protective face coverings are mandatory when using public transport, in shops, or in any public indoor space.

 

  • Private events are limited to 50 people.

 


Moldovan citizens returning from countries designated as "green" or locations with a low risk of infection, do not have to self-isolate upon arrival; however persons returning from 'green countries' but transiting through countries classified as 'red' or high risk will have to self-isolate for 14 days upon arrival. Any travelers arriving from countries with a "red" designation, will have to quarantine for 14 days. Argentina, Brasil, Colombia, Chile, Croatia, India, Israel, Mexico, Romania, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, and the US are all currently designated as red countries. Freight transport drivers, flight crews, or members of train or ship crews are not subject to the self-isolation requirements.

As part of the nation's economic recovery plan, authorities in Chisinau began allowing all economic activity to resume, with the exception of nightclubs, cinemas, theaters, and concert halls. Preschools, private kindergartens, and educational institutions have resumed operations.

International air travel has resumed. Chisinau Airport (KIV) and various airlines operating in the country have been required to implement health screening, hygiene, and social-distancing measures. Some of Moldova's land borders are open for road and rail transport; however, most non-Moldovan citizens remain banned.

Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on disease activity.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Consider delaying traveling if experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19, as they may prompt increased scrutiny and delays. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Maintain contact with your diplomatic representation. Ensure contingency plans account for further disruptive measures or extensions of current restrictions. Reconsider and reconfirm nonemergency health appointments. Plan for queues and delays at available shopping centers.

Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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